There are moments in life when a poet knows he has become a poet: leading to a period of discovery of what source they have tapped in to and how they must go on an live their passion. My own narrative journey is clear for me and listening to Seamus Heaney and Simon Armitage help me to make sense of my own journey. Poets are a small band of people, in the grand scheme of life. Sitting on the margins, observing and writing about what living means to them in verse, is a tortuous and beautiful existence that once found can not be stopped. Listen and enjoy the sumptuous voices of poets at ease with their existence.
30 January 2013 Last updated at 07:54
Heaney: Poetry was ‘entrancing’: Writers Seamus Heaney and Simon Armitage have been speaking to the BBC about their love of poetry. In an interview with the Today programme’s James Naughtie, Seamus Heaney remembered how he felt when he first discovered poetry.
“It was the voltage of the language, it was entrancing,” he said.
Author Simon Armitage added: “I knew I wanted to exist in a world of poetry, but I didn’t want to write it [to begin with], I just wanted to read it.
“All I knew was that it felt like a marginal activity, and that it was the place I felt I could be strong and happy, in those margins.”
With regard to teaching poetry in schools, Armitage said: “Learning poetry is a good idea as long as it doesn’t turn into elocution lessons. It’s about giving students poems which excite them, and don’t embarrass or humiliate them because they can’t find a way into the language.”
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